Dual in Detroit Preview: Forget That Motor City

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Already at the halfway point of the season thanks to Brazil‘s cancellation, Toronto’s contraction and an absurdly abbreviated schedule,  IndyCar heads north to its dominant dynamo’s dwelling in destitute, dead-beat and derelict Detroit. Hardly the hub of America’s much less the world’s motor industry since at least the 1970s, today the city’s a bankrupt, decaying embarrassment – an open sore on an unhealthy nation. Oh well, at least a Honda probably won’t win this weekend.

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Crumbling old Detroit is a relic, a taxpayer bailed-out husk of a once great city. It’s a case study in decades of extremely poor one party rule and union control. It’s also where Roger Penske made his millions and since it’s easier to make a quick buck on a street “race” or two than a real race down the road in the Irish Hills, then that’s where IndyCar races. Because the Cap’n wills it. Penske’s former pride and joy Michigan International Speedway – a tremendous two mile oval southwest of Detroit – hosted extraordinary open wheel racing on and off from 1968 until 2007. Sold to ISC by Penske in 1999, IndyCar disappeared from the schedule completely soon thereafter. It’s the story of IndyCar ovals in a nutshell.

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So we prepare to watch two half assed races where top speeds are in the 160s and passing’s at a premium. Oh, we’re back to the winged aero kits this weekend too, so you might want to bring along a helmet if you’re attending in person. Continue reading

IndyCar News Week in Review: ‘Flicks’ Edition

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Aero Kit Anti-Climax: Chevrolet introduced depictions of their road and short oval aero kits at Media Day on Tuesday, grabbing the headlines and beating Honda to the punch. Reaction has been predictably mixed, and a better idea will emerge when we see both manufacturers’ efforts in action in March. The do-dads, flicks or “winglets on stalks” of the new kits created some buzz and according to racer.com the aero changes will reduce down force by almost a thousand pounds. Concerning though is the continued boxy, closed wheel direction IndyCar chassis are headed. It’s an open wheel series and needs to remain that way. It isn’t NASCAR, thank goodness.

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Schedule Stretching: In easily the best news from Media Day, Phoenix International Raceway returns as a possible destination on the IndyCar series schedule. Continue reading

Imagine Attaining Schedule Perfection

Imagine attaining schedule perfection

On the day of a nation-wide election,

Where there are ovals aplenty

With fans following intently

And no worries of trips to Dubai.

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